Erie MLN: How Hard They Fall

Riding high after winning six consecutive games last week, the SeaWolves came crashing back down this week by losing four games in a row and posting a record of just 2-4. Erie was out hit and out pitched by Altoona who swept the howlers in a short three game road series. The club did finish the week strong by mustering to win two out of three games against Reading at home.

Curve Ball

One week ago from Thursday Erie beat Altoona 8-4 in game one of a four game series, a series that the SeaWolves would go onto to sweep. This week the Curve had revenge on their mind and returned the favor of a three game sweep to Erie. The ‘Wolves were outscored by the Curve 5-16 over the course of the three games, and was even shutout in the third and final game.

The bats for the SeaWolves were quiet all series long against Altoona. In game one Erie went just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and had only eight hits in games two and three combined.

Except for James Avery who had a strong outing in a 2-3 losing effort on May 18th, the starting pitching for the howlers did not help out the lackluster bats. Starters Ramon Garcia and Kelvin De La Cruz allowed the Curve to score in bunches and that mixed with the teams quiet bats of made it very difficult for the club to pull out a victory against the Curve.

Bouncing Back

Erie lost game one against Reading 3-5 but finished the week out strong by winning the past two versus the Phillies. Game two was a thriller with late inning heroics by left fielder Tony Plagman pulling out the 8-7 victory for Erie. Plagman went 4-for-5 in the game and accomplished one of the hardest feats in baseball. Plagman managed to hit for a cycle in the win, with his final and most meaningful hit of the night being a single to right field in the bottom of the 9th scoring Rawley Bishop for the win.

In the same game, Zach Samuels kept the Phillies off the scoreboard for the final 2 2/3 innings giving him his first victory of the season.

Once again late inning magic was the key to victory for Erie in game three versus Reading. Rawley Bishop had a key base knock in the bottom of the 8th driving in two runs allowing the SeaWolves to take the victory, their second in a row.

Austin Wood also got his first win of the season in the final game of the series against Reading, allowing just two hits in three innings of work.

Roster Moves

On Sunday left-handed pitcher Ryan Robowski was transferred up to Tigers Triple-A affiliate, Toledo. There was no corresponding move with Robowski's transfer.

Finishing May

Erie finishes a four game series with Reading tonight and then will host Akron from May 25th – 28th. The team will then travel onto Trenton to face Thunder. After briefly being above .500 last week, Erie has once again fallen back to that mark with a record of 22-22 now 6 ½ games behind division leader Akron.


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